Dire night in Milan ensures season finale nerves

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Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty ImagesSulley Muntari lost his cool with the referee and was sent off in Milan's 0-0 draw with Roma.

In truth, Sunday night was a disappointing affair both on and off the pitch as Milan played out to a goalless draw with Roma at San Siro. A dismissal for either side as well as some unwanted distractions from those in attendance, all resulted in the Rossoneri still needing to clinch a place in the Champions League at Siena next weekend.

Aside from a clash that showed signs of sparking into life with some end-to-end counter attacking football, there were far too many negative aspects which will overshadow both the game and result.

From Sulley Muntari's mindless antics in grappling with referee Gianluca Rocchi, to the racist chants heard from the travelling contingent which saw the game temporarily stopped early in the second half. It was far from an ideal advertisement of Italian football, with the Rossoneri again engaging in needless lapses of focus and discipline.

- Match report: Milan 0-0 Roma
- Racist chanting holds up Milan game

Coupled with Fiorentina's win over Palermo earlier in the day, the results combine to ensure that Milan may require a victory away at Siena next Sunday, depending on whether the Viola secure all three points at Pescara.

With Vincenzo Montella's men benefitting from the head-to-head record which takes precedent in the event of both teams being level on points, the danger of missing out on the Champions League still looms over Milan.

Massimiliano Allegri will need to regroup his men during the week, but they still have the advantage of holding their fate in their own hands. The message will be simple: We go to Siena to win.

"It's a shame that we only got a point, as we have to stretch this season out to the very end, but we are aware that we can go to win at Siena. Don't forget Fiorentina have to win too, so we’ve both got a battle on our hands," he told the media after the game.

The Milan coach also had a word of advice for Muntari who "shouldn't be doing things like this". It comes after the Ghanaian was seemingly set to receive a card for dissent, before grabbing hold of the referee's arm to prevent him from reaching for his pocket.

While it may seem somewhat of a small issue to some, it is an unnecessary blight on the club which can easily give them a bad reputation.

One of the most impressive aspects of Cesare Prandelli's tenure in charge of the Azzurri is the 'code of ethics' that he has implemented. Milan is a club with glorious history, and Muntari will be fully aware that his actions were unacceptable and not befitting of the colours he wears.

Allegri was also pressed on Stephen El Shaarawy's continuing problems, stating that the obsession with goals is unhealthy. However, he also revealed that the opposition have arguably "worked him out", and it will be up to both the coaching staff and the player himself to evolve his style of play to avoid becoming too one-dimensional.

So the season will indeed go to the wire, as Milan battle with Fiorentina for a place in next season's Champions League. They remain two points clear of their rivals, yet a draw may yet not be enough against an already relegated Siena.

What did you make of Sunday night's game? Are you confident Milan can avoid a nervous finish and get the job done in Siena?

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